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6 Magnificent Book Arches from Around the World

Who doesn’t love a book arch? They are hard to resist—installation art built with our favorite things in the world.

Some might scoff at the lack of practicality or see it as a waste of books, but it’s a form of upcycling, often made using “retired” books that are not fit for selling.

Here are some lovely book arches that caught our eyes (in no particular order, of course).

1. Sandman Book Company in Punta Gorda, Florida

Sandman Book CompanySource: @nicotext via Instagram

The independent, family-owned Sandman Book Company is the largest bookshop in Southwest Florida—that makes sense given the size of their book arch, which they refer to as the #BookBridge. The permanent display was constructed from more than 4,000 retired hardcovers and paperbacks.

 

2. Le Bal des Ardents in Lyon, France

Book arches from around the worldSource: Le Bal des Ardents via Facebook

This picture perfect French bookstore is “dedicated to the defense of unknown authors, independent publishing houses, and themes not popular with traditional bookstores.”
 

3. The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, California

The Last Bookstore: photo by Jennifer BoyerSource: Jennifer Boyer via Flickr

The Last Bookstore is California’s largest used and new book store. It’s filled with delightful surprises, like a book porthole, rainbow bookshelves, and this stellar book arch, of course.
 

4. The Book Monument in Amsterdam

Book arches around the worldSource: Tilmann Meyer-Faje

This one is a bit different, as it was part of an exhibition involving the secondhand store Juttersdok in Amsterdam. Artist Tilmann Meyer-Faje collaborated with Katja van Driel to create The Book Monument, constructed from thousands of old books that were doomed to be thrown away.
 

5. Book Club Bookstore & More in South Windsor, Connecticut

Book Club BookstoreSource: @hereweeread via Instagram

With pre-owned and new books, beautiful plants, and a towering single-stack book arch, Book Club Bookstore is a winner.
 

6. Trinity Brewing in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Trinity Brewing Book Arch Source: @anirishmanabroad via Instagram

We’re not sure why Trinity Brewery has such an incredible book arch, but we’re not mad about it. Beer and books make an excellent pair.
 

7. The Land of Nod Book Shop

Land of Nod Book ArchSource: The Land of Nod via Pinterest

We wish this book arch still existed, but alas, it was for The Land of Nod press preview back in Fall 2013. Who else thinks they need to recreate it?

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Do you have any book arches in mind that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments!

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Jenna Homen

Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found cooking, camping, or in a museum. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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